KEEP KICKING has joined Simon Dow from Jonjo O'Neill and looks to have a good chance of opening his account on the Flat in this. The top weight won a jumper's bumper on the Polytrack over the winter and races off the same mark as when only beaten a length over a similar trip at Warwick in May. Outback, a winner over hurdles last October, is a regular here and has been placed in his last three starts on the track so looks the main danger, though three-year-old Kelvingrove might improve over the longer trip. Lea Valley races from out of the handicap and was tailed off on her reappearance earlier this month.
Keep Kicking (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Led after 1f, headed 3f out, chased leader until over 2f out, lost 3rd well over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 17l behind Presto Volante (9-4) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Outback (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, reminder 8f out, led over 3f out, soon headed, one pace final 2f, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Baan (8-6) at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Kelvingrove (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 6l behind Continuum (10-0) at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Lea Valley 20-1 (8-7) Close up, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 37l behind Minority Interest (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd.